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2020 State of Downtown Webinar hosted by
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.

To register, click here

COVID-19'S Economic Impact and Opportunities Webinar
hosted by Baltimore County

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter our local economy for years and decades to come.

Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) Director Will Anderson will moderate this 60-minute session, where an expert panel will discuss the pandemic’s impact on businesses, recovery forecast trends and the unique opportunities emerging in business sectors like technology, logistics, domestic manufacturing, retail distribution and others.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Daraius Irani, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University
  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Scott Phillips, Managing Director, Legal and Business Consulting Services, LLC
  • Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at University System of Maryland
  • Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

To register, click here

17th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting / Business Showcase Expo hosted by Md. Washington Minority Companies, Inc. (MWMCA)

Friday, September 25, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Network with top leaders and decision makers. Supplier diversity leaders will be honored for their outstanding achievements. Meet over 80 exhibitors representing prime construction, healthcare, utilities, education, government and more. Learn how to do business with prime companies and government agencies. Learn more information about Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications.

To view flier, click here

To view list of honorees, click here

Event information, click here

To register, click here

For sponsorships and event questions, contact MWMCA at events@mwmca.org or 443-759-8580.


Paycheck Protection Program provided by the City of Baltimore, Goldman Sachs, and Lendistry


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Importantly, these loans will be fully forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll)

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. 

To apply, click here

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here


Mark Your Calendar

In this new environment of social distancing, everyone is adapting. Today's seminars are webinars, Zoom meetings, Facebook Live events, Google Meets, and more. If you have a smart phone or a computer, you have what you need to tap into these valuable training and information sessions. Capacity can fill quickly, so sign up early when required to do so.

06/04/2020 - Expanding Global Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses During COVID-19
06/04/2020 - Corporate Social Responsibility: How Your Values Add Value to Your Business
06/05/2020 - Successfully Managing Unplanned Changes (For Managers)
06/09/2020 - Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity While Working Remotely
06/09/2020 - Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Threats
06/17/2020 - Hensel Phelps Small Business Webinar
06/17/2020 - Economic Inclusions & Virtual Global Business Opportunity Fair 
06/30/2020 - LinkedIn: Building Social Media Content
07/07/2020 - MBE Application Assistance Workshop

Check out our full listing of small business events
online at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

2020-2021 Near Completer Grant

Great news! The 2020-2021 Near Completer Grant application is now available! 

The Near Completer Grant is an opportunity for Maryland residents, who started a degree but did not finish, a financial incentive to complete their degree by having the state help pay for tuition. The Maryland Higher Education Commission is currently working to encourage near completers to re–enroll in an institution of higher education to earn a degree.

The 2020-2021 Near Completer Grant application is now available online through the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). The deadline to complete the application and submit all required documentation is July 1, 2020.

While the FAFSA or MSFAA application is not a requirement for the Near Completer Grant Program, students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA by March 1 for consideration of both Federal and other State financial aid programs. To complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or submit the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS for any applicant who is ineligible to receive federal aid but is eligible for in-state tuition. 

For more information about the requirements of the Near Completer Grant, or any other scholarship program offered through the State of Maryland, please visit www.mhec.maryland.gov.

Dear Baltimore County business professional,
Are you missing out on potential COVID-19 financial assistance opportunities for your business?
Could you use some help navigating the alphabet soup of resources, regulations and programs?
PPP, FMLA, SBA, EIDL, CARES, PPE, FMCA – it’s a lot to decipher, especially while fighting to keep your business afloat!
On Tuesday, April 21 at 1pm, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski invites you to take advantage of free expert advice in a series of targeted webinars hosted by the County’s economic and workforce development professionals.
Baltimore County Business Forum - COVID and Beyond
Series kicks off Tuesday, April 21, 1pm via Cisco WebEx
These free webinars offer participants live and direct access to panels of local subject matter experts designed to help small businesses and affected workers navigate available federal/state/local assistance resources and plan for eventual economic recovery.  
Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Will Anderson, will moderate the 60-minute session, “Navigating Small Business Resources.” This session offers expertise from local legal and financial professionals who advise clients every day on small business-related COVID-19 issues:

  • John Fiedler, CPA , Wolfe & Fiedler, PA
  • Charles R. Kassouf, Attorney, Managing Member of the Law Office of Charles R. Kassouf, LLC
  • David Miller, CPA, Partner at Kenneally & Company
  • Carla Nelson Chambers, Managing Principal of The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC

We look forward to have you join and participate.  You may submit questions during the webinar, or in advance by sending an email to businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov
More webinars are being planned and we’ll keep you posted as additional ones are scheduled. 
Online Resources Available
The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) has complied an overview of resources and assistance available for affected employers and employees. This information is available on the department’s website and updates are posted on Facebook@BaltCoDEWD.

SBA Daily Calls & Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for the coronavirus relief options. The SBA offers these programs: Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, SBA Debt Relief.

  • 3:00 pm – Daily Conference Call
    202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626
  • 5:30 pm – Daily Conference Call
    202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488
  • 10:30 am and 8:00 pm – Zoom Webinar (download the ZOOM app for free)
    Meeting # 6794772946
    Have all your necessary documents ready

Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21282

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